Google Removes Dangerous Virus Found in 172 Apps
There have been reports of fake apps on the Google Play Store for quite some time. In September, researchers have identified 172 such apps in the Google Play Store that are full of viruses. According to the news, these apps have been downloaded 33.5 million times. ThreePost reported that ESET researcher Lucas Stefenko said that most of these 172 apps were coming from adware.
Strip out quoted Stephenko as saying that adware is a popular category. This is because the banking trojan does not ask for any input after installation and this allows developers to make money easily from the beginning. Stefano said that creating adware is easier than creating Android ransomware or banking Trojan.
There are apps in the virus category that are affected by adware, subscription scams, hidden advertisements, SMS premium subscriptions and more. Reportedly, most apps with viruses have been removed. Google last month removed 46 apps from Chinese mobile developer iHandy from the Play Store.